Judge targeted over ‘a precious little girl’

Judge targeted over ‘a precious little girl’

There are many words to describe jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. ‘Delusional’, ‘arrogant’, ‘bigoted’ and ‘stupid’ are probably the first that spring to mind.

But in the eyes of the Rev Philip “Flip” Benham, above, head of anti-abortion outfit Operation Save America, Davis is “a precious little girl”.

Benham, according to this report, was one of dozens of anti-LGBT activists who protested yesterday outside the home of the federal judge, David Bunning, who jailed Davis for contempt of court after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Benham himself is a convicted lawbreaker. In 2010, the North Carolina pastor was found guilty of violating a state law that prohibits residential picketing for stalking a doctor who performed abortions. He was sentenced to 24 months probation.

Judge Bunning

Judge Bunning

The rally outside Bunning’s home in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, was organised by Operation Save America, and protesters carried signs distributed by the conservative American View group founded by the neo-Confederate creationist Michael Peroutka.

Bellowed Benham

You, sir, are the one that’s in contempt of the law. You, sir, are the one in contempt of God’s court, you’re in contempt of the Constitution of the United States of America, of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and sir, you need to repent.

And he issued this threat:

If you don’t repent, we’re going to ask that the sheriff in Grayson County arrest you for putting this precious little girl into jail. It’s wrong.

We are holding Judge Bunning in contempt of almighty God.

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire, an anti-abortion activist who gained fame for challenging his firing by an Ohio public high school for leading team prayers with his football players, added:

We believe Kim Davis is the one following the law and the judge is the one breaking the law.

Police and federal agents stood guard outside the federal judge’s suburban home as protesters drove up in a truck festooned with pro-theocracy slogans and carrying signs that warned “the wages of sin is death – remember 9/11″.

'Precious little girl' Kim Davis.

‘Precious little girl’ Kim Davis.

The group arrived outside Bunning’s home about 2 p.m. and handed out fliers accusing the judge of committing a “grievous crime” and asking supporters to pray for him to repent.

Curious neighbors left Labor Day cookouts to watch the protesters shout and sing Christian songs, and some told reporters they believed the protest had violated the judge’s privacy and their own.

Said Bobby McGovern, who was visiting a relative who lives near the judge:

It’s sad that someone that did their job and followed the law, that his whole street now is affected by these yahoos with their signs and everything.

McGovern and Steve Halstead, his partner of 38 years, were among the first same-sex couples to legally marry in South Carolina after the US Supreme Court sided in November with an appeals court ruling to overturn the state’s ban.

Bunning, the son of former US Senator Jim Bunning and a George W Bush appointee, has said that he was forced to jail Davis because he suspected her supporters would simply pay any fines he levied to compel her to follow multiple court orders and issue marriage licenses.

Meanwhile, a song inspired by Davis’s incarceration – “Shut up and do your motherfucking job” – is rising in popularity on YouTube. It’s had over 45,000 views since it was posted on September 3.

15 responses to “Judge targeted over ‘a precious little girl’”

  1. asquith says:

    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.

    But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    @asquith says:
    Tue 8 Sep at 6:06 pm

    And here endith the lesson.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Barry: You’ve got your Benhams and Bunnings a bit confused there. Best be very careful with those names, as well!

    We all need to be careful, too, as the witch is on the loose again, according to the following:

  4. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Asquith:
    I have never been a fan of “Paul”, whoever he or they really were. He’s too much of a political chancer, ready to amend his beliefs according to the needs of the rulers and never mind what the founding philosophy might have been. It’s a case of the Marxist, “These are my beliefs and if you don’t like them I have others”. That’s the Groucho tendency of course.
    However, if your religion relies on him you have to accept the ruling. Well said.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    “the wages of sin is death – remember 9/11?.

    My guess is this threat of murder will go unpunished. I guess further that if an atheist were to stand outside a church and hold up a sign reading “clergy parasites – madam guillotine is thirsty” then that atheist would not go unpunished. Religion is the main excuse for the worst of human behavior. Not an acceptable excuse, only the main excuse.

  6. Adrian says:

    Sorry asquith, could you repeat that.
    I always fall asleep when the sermon comes along.

  7. Angela_K says:

    I’ve just seen some footage of Davis being released. I expect she’ll be back to her same bigoted ways. What annoys me is that she is going to make a load of money selling her story of persecution to the media.

  8. 1859 says:

    But these christians have had 2000 years of practicing how to be martyrs. Her face has martyrdom written all over it. Those picketing the judge’s house are not just ‘yahoos’ they are victims of religion. That doesn’t by any means excuse their sick behaviour, but only humans infected with the parasite of religion could behave in this way.

  9. Laura Roberts says:

    “little” girl? Has he seen pictures? The only thing “little” about her is her intellect.

  10. Bob says:

    Kim Davis has been released from prison after winning a great victory – she will not be forced to issue motherfuckin’ “gay marriage” licenses.

    Barry – the reason you insert vile swear words into my comments is because you cannot abide the fact that someone disagrees with you!

  11. dennis says:

    @bob, I love you!

  12. Peter Sykes says:

    Bob – That’s factually incorrect. I know, I know facts are not your thing.

  13. barriejohn says:

    I usually refrain from linking to Bob’s execrable blog (or even visiting his site now), as it only encourages the little bigot, but the following is just hilarious:

    Here’s a sample of his “logic” in response to a comment:

    You make reference to Sharia Law – there is a fundamental difference between Sharia Law and what true Christians believe concerning the Bible – the Bible is the infallible Word of God, Islam is a false religion based upon a “prophet” who was a paedophile.

    The Lord Jesus clearly taught that marriage is between one man and one woman and that sex should be within marriage.

    I have no personal hatred against gays, far from it, but I feel deeply sorry for these poor creatures as they have been enslaved by the devil. I truly hope that God, in His mercy, will grant them repentance unto life.

    He claims that there are so few comments because of the use of “profanity”, but I strongly suspect otherwise, especially as I put him right on certain facts some time ago but my comment was ignored!